International Student and Scholar Services


WS31 - Understanding Prevailing Wage Process and Protocols for H-1B and PERM in an Academic Setting

Monday, May 30
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Room: CCC, 406

Member Fee: $355.00 | Non-member Fee: $482.00

Participants analyze job descriptions, evaluate job requirements, calculate the Prevailing Wage (PW), and discuss alternative PW surveys. Learn how the U.S. Department of Labor uses the five-step process to assign wage levels and how to properly complete Form ETA 9141 to avoid surprises that can delay or derail your H-1B/PERM sponsorship.

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Loveness Schafer

Associate Director
Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge International Services Office
Baton Rouge, LA

Loveness Schafer is the Associate Director of International Services in the office of International Programs at Louisiana State University and A & M College. She is responsible for J-1 scholar advising, H-1B petitions, PERM, and Outstanding Professor/Researcher petitions. Loveness has served as a trainer at a number of NAFSA regional and annual conference workshops, and is a regular session presenter at these conferences. Loveness is a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps; a former member of NAFSA’s Employment – Based ISSRP Subcommittee; former chair of NAFSA’s Prevailing Wage Working Group; and former Regulatory OMBUDS (Scholar) for NAFSA’s Region III.

David Muusz

Assistant Director-FSIS
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor International Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan

David Muusz serves as an Assistant Director of the University of Michigan’s International Center where he directs the Faculty and Staff Immigration Services office. Before joining Michigan, he worked at the University of Chicago and at Virginia Tech. David is a frequent presenter on employment-based immigration and international scholar issues. He also served in a variety of positions within NAFSA, including as a RegBud, as a member of the Employment-based and Travel subcommittees and as a member of the Region 5 and Region 8 teams.

Lesley N. Salafia

University of Connecticut-Storrs
Storrs Mansfield, CT

Lesley Salafia is an Attorney with the University of Connecticut’s Office of the General Counsel. She serves as the signatory authority and provides legal analysis, preparation and review of employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions (e.g. H-1B, O-1, TN, E-3, etc) and permanent residency cases on behalf of the foreign national faculty and staff at the University of Connecticut. She also provides legal services in connection with other issues and initiatives at the University of Connecticut. Lesley is a member of NAFSA’s Prevailing Wage Working Group.

Before joining the University of Connecticut, Lesley was an associate in the Hartford office of the law firm Shipman & Goodwin LLP, where she served in the immigration and employment litigation practice groups, representing employers throughout the nonimmigrant and immigrant visa process. Lesley is actively involved in the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She graduated with honors from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jodi Hanelt

Director, International Students and Scholars Office
Brandeis University
Worcester, Massachusetts

Jodi Hanelt, Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, has also worked at Harvard University-LASPAU, Tufts University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and as an independent consultant on several university campuses. A frequent Region XI presenter on H-1B, F-1, and J-1 issues, Jodi enjoys the camaraderie generated when colleagues train each other, forming networks that make them more confident professionals. Jodi is the secretary of the Prevailing Wage Working Group, which enhance NAFSA’s educational tools for faculty, scholar, and researcher employment. Like most NAFSAns, Jodi enjoys traveling, especially to Mexico. A curious cook, she sometimes finds her culinary inspirations come from students yearning for a taste of home. Jodi earned a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is also a graduate of Tufts University with bachelor’s degrees in history and Spanish, and a minor in Latin American studies.

Ian Leuschner

Director International Support Services
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

Ian Leuschner is the Director of International Support Services at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, was in private employment-based immigration law practice. As the Director for International Support Services, Ian is responsible for managing the university's employment-based immigration services, which include the non-immigrant visa programs(H-1B,TN, E-3, O-1 and J-1) and the university’s permanent residency program for faculty and staff. He currently serves as RegBud for Region VIII. He presented “Special Handling Labor Certifications” and "Permissible Activity for those Admitted in B Visa or Visa Waiver Status" at the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference.


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